Dairy Connection to Headaches?

  1. 0 Hi, I've been trying to get a handle on some "AM" headaches I've been having for a long time. I wake up with headaches occasionally. Today, I've had one for the first time in months. I had cereal and drank a glass of milk before going to bed because spouse asked me to help him drink milk he bought thinking I was using milk in my cereal. (I'm still using soy milk, even though I'm not a vegetarian but he didn't realize this.)

    I'm wondering if dairy is the cultprit? I've noticed sometimes that after eating a pint of ice cream after a wicked night I've woken up with a headache.

    But then there's been plenty of other times I've eaten dairy without a problem. And plenty of times I've stopped dairy (but only for brief periods of times) and I've had a headache.

    My headaches seem to be sinus in nature, without congestion though, and almost always it happens while I sleep and I wake up with them.

    Work was hell last night, but works been hell for 12 years. So I can't be stress can it?



    Wonder if anyone with headaches can relate? I'm going to go into renal failure from motrin.
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    Tweety has '21' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Trauma, Med-Surg, Neuro, Telemetry'. From 'Saint Petersburg, Florida'; Joined Oct '02; Posts: 56,605; Likes: 29,026.

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  3. Visit  P_RN profile page
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    Milk is a possible allergy trigger. Instead of Soy (which can also trigger esp. in those wh are peanut sensitive ) try some Lactaid 100% reduced fat free.

    Believe it our not I haven't had a h/a or IBS since I discovered it. It takes about a week to get used to the "thinner" consistancy.
  4. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    I'm lactose intolerant myself, and I know that since I haven't been drinking milk I rarely have IBS, gas problems.........or headaches anymore. I can't help thinking there might be a connection.

    BTW, how's your blood pressure? Sorry, but at your age (a year younger than me?) you're at risk for HTN. Check it out, if you haven't already......sometimes HA is the only clue that one is developing a problem.

    Hope this helps.
  5. Visit  Tweety profile page
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    Thanks Marla, I've been keeping an eye on my bp. It's borderline hypertension. Today it was 132/86. So you might be right. Sigh...sux getting old.
  6. Visit  ava'smomRN profile page
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    headaches are part of my daily life! I dont cosume much diary so i know that cant be my culprit. bu i would really like to know what i is. my doc said maybe stress, caf withdraw, or too much caf? i was confused because after he told me this he wrote a Rx for caffine tabs to relieve my headaches???? confused
  7. Visit  GLDLPN profile page
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    Hi Tweety,

    I wondered about your blood pressure too. I used to have headaches a lot ~ I would go to bed feeling fine, then wake up with one. Now I am on blood pressure meds, and I hardly ever have headaches anymore. There were probably other things that affected me as well.

    Anyway ~ keep a check on your B/P so you will be ok.

    Gayle
  8. Visit  adrienurse profile page
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    Perhaps you grind your teeth or clench your jaw when you sleep. I do and this gives me incredible headaches
  9. Visit  mattsmom81 profile page
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    Originally posted by adrienurse
    Perhaps you grind your teeth or clench your jaw when you sleep. I do and this gives me incredible headaches

    I never thought of this as a possible cause for morning headaches...but I DO grind my teeth my DH tells me. What can be done for this???
  10. Visit  SnowymtnRN profile page
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    Originally posted by mattsmom81
    I never thought of this as a possible cause for morning headaches...but I DO grind my teeth my DH tells me. What can be done for this???
    Go buy a mouthguard in the sports section at walmart. I did this in highschool. lol My dentist told me to do it cuz i was waking myself up with terrible jaw pain, headaches, etc....so i bought the thinnest one i could find. Soak it in hot water, cut the strap off, and put it in your mouth at night. Its kinda weird feeling, but you get used to it. If you can't stomach the plastiky taste, spray some Binaca breath spray on it. Then go to sleep. Did WONDERS for me.
  11. Visit  SnowymtnRN profile page
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    Tweety, dairy could very well be the culprit. Also i know in the past you were doing the low carb thing, are you making sure you get enough protein? sometimes just adding an extra chicken breast or can of tuna during the day will make a HUGE difference.

    But back to dairy, it could be just the casin that's in milk. Or the lactose. I know my son has a milk sensitivity. He gets headaches, pulls his hair, has weird tummy issues, etc...so we switched to Soy. he prefers Silk Soy. lol Anyway, he can still eat cheese, yogurt, etc....but i'd definitely experiment with the soy or lactaid stuff to see if that helps you.

    and get your BP under control mr. man!!!!! :kiss
  12. Visit  lucianne profile page
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    Do you snore? Have any apneic episodes? As I recall from your threads on dieting, you aren't overweight, but apnea can occur in those who aren't overweight (especially if it's central and not obstructive) and can cause AM headaches. My morning headaches have pretty much disappeared since I've been on CPAP (which I hope to get off of someday since I've lost 40 pounds. When I've lost 50 I'm getting another sleep study done!). Mine were more migraine than sinus-y. If you're tired of taking Motrin and think you may be getting rebound headaches from it, there's a great product called Migrastick that's sold in health food stores. It's a little tube of peppermint and lavendar oil with a teeny tiny roller ball on the end and it works great on both migraines and sinus headaches.

    good luck, it sux to wake up feeling bad...
    luci
  13. Visit  adrienurse profile page
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    I never thought of this as a possible cause for morning headaches...but I DO grind my teeth my DH tells me. What can be done for this???
    This has to do also with TMJ problems, I got a fitted mouthguard from my dentist. It helps some. So does stress management (but that's pretty hard to come by isn't it). I massage my jaw muscles below my ears. A physiotherapist once taught me how to massage the jaw muscles from inside my mouth. I stick my finger inside my cheek and find the sore muscles where my lower jaw meets my upper jaw. Works amazingly well to relax the muscles and get rid of the headache.
  14. Visit  Speculating profile page
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    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    Hi, I've been trying to get a handle on some "AM" headaches I've been having for a long time. I wake up with headaches occasionally. Today, I've had one for the first time in months. I had cereal and drank a glass of milk before going to bed because spouse asked me to help him drink milk he bought thinking I was using milk in my cereal. (I'm still using soy milk, even though I'm not a vegetarian but he didn't realize this.)

    I'm wondering if dairy is the cultprit? I've noticed sometimes that after eating a pint of ice cream after a wicked night I've woken up with a headache.

    But then there's been plenty of other times I've eaten dairy without a problem. And plenty of times I've stopped dairy (but only for brief periods of times) and I've had a headache.

    Poor milk has been getting blamed for a lot of things lately. I've seen studies that even link something in it to a cause of Crohn's disease. Tweety, you are a third shifter is it possible you might be going through caffeine withdrawals. They cause some really nasty headaches, and you don't have to drink a great deal of it. You just have to be somewhat regular in your drinking habits - just a thought.


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